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The ethics of selling magazines for which you have claimed a credit

Mark Fletcher
November 21st, 2016 · 3 Comments

I have been contacted by a newsagent expressing concern about another newsagent who sells in-store and online magazines and newspaper publisher supplied items they have processed for return, for which they have received credit.

This behaviour is unethical, it gives our channel a bad name and is likely to lead to more audits of returns costing all newsagents time.


Category: Ethics

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve // Nov 21, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Don’t see how they can get away with it. G&G have definitely audited my returns because I’ve been pinged for missing covers on a couple of occasions. I double check my returns so I’m certain they weren’t missing but as the audit is months after the returns are sent back and there’s no way of contesting it I’ve just coped it sweet. Not happy about it though.


  • 2 Peter S // Nov 22, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    People can justify it to themselves all they wish, but at the end of the day if you sell a mag that you have received a credit for, its theft.


  • 3 Mark C // Nov 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Pathetic. How much revenue can you really gain from selling returned magazines? I doubt it is enough to fix a business problem.


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